Wednesday, 17 August 2011

ABC Wednesday E is for Exochorda


Exochorda is native to China and central Asia and is a pretty deciduous shrub with arching branches. It bears pure white flowers.
The buds resemble pearls, which give rise to its common name of ‘The Pearl Bush’. 
It is also known as ‘The Bride’ because when the flowers are fully open and covering the shrub, the effect is of a bridal gown, a froth of white.
We planted one of these a few years ago and it is always a delight to see its full effect in April and May. It contrasts well with the deep blue of the evergreen Ceanothus.

20 comments:

  1. Oh, how pretty! I've never heard of this plant before, and wonder if I've ever seen any and just didn't know what I was looking at. Even its foliage is lovely! Does it have a fragrance (in other words, is the bride wearing perfume?) :-)

    It reminds me of Spirea (aka "Bridalwreath"), which flourishes and is very popular down in town and which I really enjoy seeing in the spring, but that would have its botanical butt kicked up here where we live. :-(

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  2. This is a new one for me, but it would be exciting to see it come into bloom in the spring.

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  3. What a beautiful flower bush. Nice choice for E Day.

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  4. It's fairly likely that I've seen this pretty flower, but I can't say I've paid it much attention. Now seeing your lovely shots, I'll have to look for it come spring.

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  5. Lovely flowering bush...the flowers sort of remind me of the cherry blossoms we see around here in the springtime.

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  6. Looks very pretty ! I don't know anything in flower names besides the classical once !

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  7. Wonderful pictures! Certainly a pretty bush

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  8. Love love this flower. I like pure white most specially if they are clustered and do they smell sweet? ^_^

    ABC Wed-E

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  9. It's gorgeous, Janice. I doubt if it would survive in Alberta, though. Too bad!
    -- K

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  10. New to me, too. So beautiful, perhaps even more so than the spirea which I love!
    Helen Mac
    ABC Team

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  11. These are lovely enough for a bride!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  12. It sure IS a beautiful bush!

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  13. These dainty flowers reminded me of my late mother's favorite, she called them button bushes. Lovely!

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  14. Such a pretty bush, must look wonderful in spring.

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  15. These flowers are so delicate and pretty. I like the info about being called, "The Bride".

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  16. This is a new one for me too. It is a beautiful flower and I am amazed at all the blooms on that bush. I would love to have one in my yard come spring.

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  17. Oh lovely E day plant...I'm partial to white blooms. Thanks for sharing~

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  18. A beautiful bush with a beautiful name. I'd love to see one in full bloom.

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  19. What a beautiful plant. The flowers do look bride-like with their lacy abundance of white.

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  20. This really is a gorgeous plant. I wish we could have them here. They do look frothy and bridal. :-)

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